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My Country Tis of Thee, a Singable Picture Book

Posted on: October 1, 2012

Writing this post in August 2012, I’ve been inspired by watching Olympic athletes at medal award ceremonies and hearing national anthems of various countries.  It is exciting that the Americans have done so well.  It’s also exciting that  Team GB has done so well, too, being the host country.  What an achievement for a country with a relatively small population to bring home so many medals.  The national anthem for Great Britain is “God Save the Queen,” of course, but it reminded me that we use the same tune for “My County ‘Tis of Thee,” (a song also knows as “America”).

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My Country tis of Thee for SBWE w chords
My Country Tis of Thee for SBWE w Chords
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune, Chords Adapted by ELEG for SBWE
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
My Country tis of Thee for SBWE w chords

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My Country ‘Tis of  Thee” in Singable Picture Books

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America (My Country ’Tis of Thee)
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune
Illustrated by Todd Ouren

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My Country ‘Tis of  Thee
Words by Reverend Samuel Francis Smith
Traditional Tune
Illustrated with photographs by various artists
Published by Cartwheel Books/Scholastic

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WHEN MARIAN SANG includes a segment dedicated to Marion Anderson’s famous concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when she sang, among other songs, “My Country Tis of Thee,”

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When Marian Sang
Words and Music by Various Artists
Text by Pam Munoz Ryan
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
This book is peppered throughout with songs that Marian Anderson sang throughout her wonderful life.
Songs include:
My Country ‘Tis of  Thee

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Addendum 6/5/2014

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my country tis song reveals the history murphy collier
My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights
Lyrics to “America, My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by Samuel Francis Smith (1831)
Book by Claire Rudolf Murphy
Lyrics by Various Artists
Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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Author’s webpage for this book:
http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/country-tis-thee-one-song-reveals-history-civil-rights/

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You can submit your own lyrics to this song at the author’s website:
http://www.clairerudolfmurphy.com/mctt-submit/

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Eloise and I were so inspired by this book that we made up lyrics to the “America” tune (and submitted them to author’s web page for the song) to create
THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG: THIS LAND FOR YOU AND ME

Eloise and I got recognition (June 2014) from the author for these lyrics!
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/project-put-theme-song-inspired-by-my-country-tis-of-thee/

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Project PUT Theme Song (sung to the tune of My Country Tis of Thee) Printable Song Sheet

THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG LYRICS w guitar chords
Project PUT Theme Song: This Land for You and Me, Lyric Sheet with Guitar Chords
Sing to the Tune of “America: My Country ‘Tis of Thee”
Adapted Lyrics by Eloise and her mom
Traditional Tune
To view or print this song sheet, click here:
THE PROJECT PUT THEME SONG LYRICS w guitar chords

Sing Along with Eloise and Emily, here:

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An instrumental video sing-along with lyrics (although, this gets pretty high towards the end)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GeRUtktsIw

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0ywDLpfBHg

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Marian Anderson sings “My Country “Tis of Thee” in her gorgeous rich soprano during her famous concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial:

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From the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

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Mrs. G recommends singing “My Country Tis of Thee,” a-capella in Key of C, begin and end each verse on Middle C
I fiddled around a little with the key and YouTube sing-along videos available (all of which sing the song a big too high for our sweet voiced girls) and have determined that the key of C is a good choice for this song.  Especially if we sing this song a-capella, staring and ending each verse on Middle-C is a good choice.

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For an instrumental sing-along, this track by Stingray Karaoke is higher (in the Key of F), but it is still singable and it is not too instrumentally cheezy (as are many Karaoke tracks) and played at a thoughtful tempo.  This track accomodates 4 verses of the song. Click HERE to preview or purchase from Amazon.

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Wiki article about “My Country Tis of Thee”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Country,_’Tis_of_Thee
This link includes printed music and a midi-instrumental sing-along track.

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Another webpage about “My Country Tis of Thee”
http://www.music-for-music-teachers.com/my-country-tis-of-thee.html

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MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE
Words by Samuel Francis Smith, 1808-1895
Traditional Tune

My country,’ tis of thee
Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing
Land where my fathers died
Land of the pilgrims’ pride
From every mountainside let freedom ring.

My native country, thee
Land of the noble free, thy name I love
I love thy rocks and rills
Thy woods and templed hills
My heart with rapture thrills, like that above.

Let music swell the breeze
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song
Let mortal tongues awake
Let all that breathe partake
Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.

Our fathers’ God, to thee
Author of liberty, to thee we sing
Long may our land be bright
With freedom’s holy light
Protect us by thy might, great God, our King.

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This song seemed like the perfect Girl Scout Song, so I made a lyric sheet for my daughter’s Troop 2740 Girl Scout Songbook:

My Country Tis of Thee Lyric Sheet

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To view or print this lyric sheet, click here:
MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE GSSLyrics

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Related Posts

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MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE A PATRIOTIC GIRL SCOUT SONG FOR TROOP 2740
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-patriotic-girl-scout-song-for-troop-2740/

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AMERICAN HISTORY: CELEBRATING THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND HER CITIZENS AND TELL STORIES OF AMERICAN HISTORY
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/a-patriotic-list-of-singable-books-for-july-4th/

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GIRL SCOUT SONGS FOR TROOP 2740 RESOURCES PAGE
http://brownietroop2740.wordpress.com/girl-scouts-songs-troop-2740/

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AMERICA: MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE, AN ILLUSTRATED SONG
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2012/10/01/my-country-tis-of-thee-a-singable-picture-book/

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MY COUNTRY ‘TIS OF THEE (How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights), A Singable Picture Book
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/my-country-tis-of-thee-how-one-song-reveals-the-history-of-civil-rights-a-singable-picture-book/

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PROJECT PUT THEME SONG TO THE TUNE OF MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE 
http://projectput.wordpress.com/2014/06/05/project-put-theme-song-inspired-by-my-country-tis-of-thee/

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SBWE Song Sheet for My Country Tis of Thee
https://singbookswithemily.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/sbwe-song-sheet-for-my-country-tis-of-thee/

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